Real Wedding: Lisa and Benjamin, V
December 30, 2008

Here is a last look at today's gorgeous wedding. The bride put her heart and soul into designing a wedding that reflected she and her fiance's unique personalities and style...and it shows. The end result was nothing short of lovely.

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The really good stuff from the bride...

The programs took a while to complete. I bought all my paper from the Paper Source because they made it so easy with all the different paper/envelope choices. I printed out one of my favorite quotes on a piece of vellum. An image of the scale was underneath. This detailed shot I took was symbolic because the scale's weight was set on 12, which was our wedding date and this image was used on our save the dates as a teaser to what people would see at the reception. I tied everything together with an "antiquey" ribbon that was also used on the favors.

We used wish rocks as a paperweight for the programs. It was also used for a moment of silence for all of our friends and family to bless us with good thoughts. The rocks were then collected and we have them in our home as a source of good energy.

The pound theme was even displayed in the favors. A couple days before the wedding my 2 bridesmaids and my mom & dad helped me bake mini bundt pound cakes. Then we wrapped them in tulle with a thank you note and a pound quote. That was a great day, though tiring, because it really helped my friends and my folks bond.

My favorite piece of collateral though was the table seating cards. I designed a three dimensional mini tent card piece, shaped like little gram weights with the table numbers on them. I had used the gram weight shape as a border throughout the collateral. It took me forever to cut them out, but it was well worth it. I then used a metallic pen and hand wrote everyone's names on them.

I worked with Stephanie Masquelier at Flours to design a cake that went with our look. I designed a modern look by using the circle from our logo. It was a 3 tier round fondant cake made up of white cake with organic raspberries and crème mousseline.

Because I had such a great experience designing my own wedding I've decided to start my own personalized invite company called The Gala Girls. I really want to share my experience as a former bride and my extensive design experience to help other couples develop an identity system and theme for their special day. My services will be a melding of graphic designer and event planner to make up a couple's event experience.

Thank you so much to Lisa for sharing your big day with us! And to Tanja Lippert for inspiring us yet again!